Months of speculations, hype, leaks and millions of blogs and articles later it is here! In a bid to compete with its nemesis Apple, Samsung has taken off the wraps of its highly anticipated Galaxy SIV smartphone.
The revamped smartphone, which follows last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II is “slimmer yet stronger, less to hold yet more to see, [and] it is simply amazing,” according to Samsung’s mobile chief, JK Shin. The Galaxy S IV sports a five-inch screen with an incredibly high resolution. The 1920×1080 pixel display is as good as you are going to find on any smartphone right now (HTC, LG and Sony). It also comes with Super AMOLED screen on the front with a very tight 441ppi density.
Design and Specifications:
The Samsung Galaxy S IV appears to be unbelievably thin and is 136.6 by 69.8 by 7.9mm and lightly weighs at 130g, the same height but slightly slimmer both in width and depth than its predecessor Galaxy S III. Color-wise, there’s the choice of “White Frost”and “Black Mist,” although Samsung says “a variety of additional color options will be available later this year.
Equipped with a solid two gigabytes of RAM and the phone sports a powerful Samsung Exynos 1.6GHz processor which has a stunning eight cores!
The Galaxy S IV boasts of 13-megapixel rear camera rear-facing camera, upgraded from 8 megapixel shooter on the Galaxy S III. It is backed by LED flash, autofocus, and 1080p video recording. The phone also comes along with a 2-megapixel camera front camera. Samsung has added few new features to the phone like using a dual-shot mode, users can you use both the front-facing camera and the rear-facing camera at the same time, for both recording and still captures.
LTE, WI FI and battery:
The S IV supports HSPA+42 Mbps and 4G LTE, which Samsung said will provide connectivity anywhere in the world. The LTE version supports up to six different band sets, allowing for global LTE roaming, according to Samsung. A dual-mode TDD/FDD LTE version will be introduced later this year, Samsung said. An infrared transmitter lets the phone work with the built-in WatchOn software to function as a TV remote and electronic program guide. The phone will support wireless charging if carriers demand it, the company said.
The S IV has a larger 2600 mAh battery (up from 2100 mAh), and your choice of 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage. It also supports micro-SD removable storage.
The SIV runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface.
Plethora of new features:
The device boasts of an array of cool features which Samsung is banking heavily on to set itself apart from other smartphones. With ‘Smart Pause’, user can pause a video by looking away from the screen. Additionally, the “Smart Scroll” software analyses both the user’s eyes and wrist to scroll through emails and other content. The company also highlighted a new S Translator function that allows live text-to-speech and speech-to-text translation of 9 languages. The feature comes with 3,000 embedded “useful sentences” for offline use and is integrated with Chaton, the S4′s email and messaging app. All of these features interact with the new Samsung Hub, a unified app, movie, video, book and music store that will appear on Galaxy S4 phones.
Samsung also unveiled S Voice Drive for the driver that loves to multitask. This feature will activate when you start your car and will read incoming text messages aloud, let you dictate text messages, or use navigation features with your voice so you don’t have to your eyes off the road.
Pricing and Availability:
So when can you actually get your hands on this beauty? Samsung said that the phone will be rolled out in 155 countries starting April 2013. No specific date about India release was given by the company. Also, the company did not reveal the price, but Samsung did say to expect it to be around the same price as a phone like the Galaxy S III.
Samsung is boldly calling the device a ‘life companion‘ and with the amazing ’touchless‘ features it surely be a great one. Samsung has become by far the most successful maker of Android handsets. Both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S series have been selling in the millions and I think the Galaxy S 4 looks like it will hold up that trend.
What do you think of the latest Samsung Galaxy S IV?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 will roll out with a staggering 327 operators across 155 countries and the Galaxy S4 release date is April 26.
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